Turn physical notes to digital the easy way
Make paper notes go digital
£5.99 Developer Creaceed, creaceed.com
Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Version 1.0.1 If you find that writing or drawing your plans out by hand helps you to get them in order, you’re far from alone. But storing things digitally does tend to make them easier to find and sort. Carbo bridges the gap between these two, letting you take (or import) photos of drawings on paper or whiteboard, then digitising them. It clears out things like the paper, leaving you with only the information itself. It’s not the first app to try something like this, but its results are among the most impressive we’ve seen.
Snap a photo and it will detect the lines, which you can then imediately make stronger or softer – our writing came out very weak at first, but tweaking the slider made it clear. Once you’ve grabbed the image, you can tag it, to make it easy to search for things relating to a certain project or topic, and you can store it locally or in the cloud.
In this core functionality, Carbo is very strong. Where it falls short is in the other things you might want to do. There’s no handwriting support, nor is there OCR for extracting what notes say to an editable format.
You do have some editing options, including the ability to highlight portions of notes, then tweak the selected lines. Getting used to highlighting can take a little while, but it’s potentially powerful.
Exporting is hidden away too – it’s not a direct option when viewing a note – you have to tap the palette icon, where you can apply some styles before export. Again, nice, but a little annoying. Matt Bolton
Carbo showcases some pretty amazing technology. In fact, with a few additions it could become the notes app to own.